Theory and Practice of Social Change

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Spring 2013 Reading Group
Meets: T 7:00pm - 9:00pm in WCC Room 4057
1 classroom credit

Lawyers who advocate for the disadvantaged and under-represented and thus for a more equal, sustainable and participatory society are practicing in a new context today. These lawyers use different techniques and play different roles than those of the litigation impact lawyers of the 1960s or 1970s. In this reading group, we will take an in-depth look at new lawyering and teaching practices that challenge existing relationships and social hierarchies while engaging lawyers', clients' and students’ powers of moral imagination, collaboration, and critical deliberation. We will build on the exploration of traditional lawyering models presented in the Critical Perspectives on the Law Seminar and/or the Law and Social Movements course to search for new roles, sites, and practices of public education and legal advocacy. Students will meet in a workshop format to discuss assigned readings and to help shape and participate in experimental pedagogical projects. Students will be admitted by permission of the professor. Preference will be given to those who have taken (or are currently enrolled in): Critical Perspectives on the Law: Issues of Race, Gender, Class and Social Change or Law and Social Movements.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function , Legal Profession, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility .